Linnea is a doll based on the character from the 1987 book "Linnea in Monet's Garden", illustrated by Lena Anderson...
|This version of Linnea is 11" tall, but there was also a 17" version.|
|She should also have a straw hat. Mine is missing hers.|
|Holy cow! Monet really liked his garden.In fact, he once said, "My most beautiful work of art is my garden." He certainly worked hard on it. He had gardeners working on it for years, and he constantly gave them detailed orders of what he wanted done.|
Monet began painting the water lillies in 1899. He painted 250 paintings of the water lily pond.
Oscar-Claude Monet was born in Paris France in 1840, and died in 1926. He was part of the impressionist movement. In fact, Impressionism gets it's name from the Claude Monet painting Impression, soleil levant,(Impression, Sunrise).
Impressionism is described by Wikipedia thus: "Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles."
|Linnea was so popular that several products bearing her likeness were produced, including the dolls, doll clothes,puzzles, and the book "Linnea's Almanac".|
More than once the theme of the flower show at Chicago's Marshall Fields store, (Now Macy's), was Linnea in Monet's Garden. Scenes from the book were recreated as amazing window displays.
|I wonder whatever happened to the wonderful figures created for these displays. They probably ended up in some dumpster. They should have donated them to a library or children's art museum.|
|All the flowers and other plants in the window displays were real.|
Tomorrow we'll conclude soft dolls week.